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Flights to Istanbul

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Last minute flights to Istanbul

Departure Fri, 06 Dec Return Tue, 10 Dec
STN London
IST Istanbul
return from £101
Departure Mon, 25 Nov Return Sat, 14 Dec
MAN Manchester
SAW Istanbul
return from £112
Departure Sat, 30 Nov Return Wed, 04 Dec
BHX Birmingham
IST Istanbul
return from £135
Departure Sun, 17 Nov Return Sun, 24 Nov
AYT Antalya
SAW Istanbul
return from £32
Popular flight routes to Istanbul
London - Istanbul
return from £90
Manchester - Istanbul
return from £165
Birmingham - Istanbul
return from £135
Edinburgh - Istanbul
return from £183
Beirut - Istanbul
return from £143
Athens - Istanbul
return from £102

Trips to Istanbul

Istanbul travel

Istanbul, the most renowned city in Turkey is the country's economical, commercial and historic centre, and was previously known as Byzantium. It has been ranked as the seventh-largest city in the world and the largest European city, hosting up to a population of 14.7 million. It resides as an either inclination of Asia and Europe, with a narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. Visitors who prefer the Asian spice and culture and the European grace find this city of blended identity meeting all their requirements. Flights to Istanbul are equally populous as the vibes of this timeless city get to every visitor on the first-go. Check out our offers flight + hotel to Istanbul!

Things to do and places to see in Istanbul

There is a diverse mix of culture to explore in this city - different sides of two cultures stir up an energy that is unknown to other states. It really does cater for every traveller with overwhelmingly fine cuisine, beautiful landmarks, waterfronts and wonderful places to visit, all providing perfectly captured moments. Apart from being the most photogenic site, trips to Istanbul are specifically famous for their historical moments and the Turkish extravaganza which follows the traveller even back to their homes. Perfect food, fascinating museums, trendy Bazaars, Turkish festivals and a sinful nightlife, there is nothing you will find missing in this city.

If you plan on travelling to Istanbul, make sure that check the following off your must-do list:

  • Dine at Kad? Nimet Fish Restaurant to savour ingredients from all over the country
  • Explore the unseen at Dialogue in the Dark in Istanbul
  • Shop at the best vintage stores within Madam Mare Vintage
  • Buying one the ceramics is a must!
  • Get a ticket to the best Pitoresk Istanbul Digital Exhibition
  • Meet international DJs at W. Lounge
  • Explore the Dogancy Museum
  • View the beautiful, historic German Fountain
  • Enjoy Turkish hospitability at Divan Istanbul hotel
  • Greet Turkish flavours with Çorlulu Ali Pasha Medresesi
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Istanbul airports

There are two main airports serving the city of Istanbul, one being the major one and amongst one of the busiest in the country, known as Istanbul Ataturk Airport; while the second airport is relatively newer, catering for budget and internal airlines, called the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. It operates the cheap flights to Istanbul to make it easy for visitors from all classes get their parts of delight in touring this artful city.

  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

    Top airlines

    Relatively newer, the airport operates many of the budget and internal airlines including: Aegean Airlines and Etihad.

    Location

    It is situated 35km from the southeast of central Istanbul, closer to the Asian side.

    Transport options

    There are multiple options including the TEM highway, private bus (Hava? and Havata?) and trains.

  • Istanbul Ataturk Airport

    Top airlines

    The busiest airport in Turkey handles over 20 million passengers a year. Among a number of airlines, the main ones that use this airport include: Delta Airlines, Adria Airways and Emirates.

    Location

    The centre for Turkish Airlines, the airport is located 24km from the mainland city.

    Transport options

    Having been operating for many years as one of the main airports in Turkey, transportation to and from the site is readily available and well-situated. There is a metro service which runs along a number of routes, Seabus which takes the passengers on a facilitated ferry as well as public buses, taxi and rental car services.

FAQ's about Istanbul

🖱️ When's the best time to book flights to Istanbul?
The top month to book flights to Istanbul is July, based on our Opodo UK customers. The next most popular booking period for Istanbul flights is September. In third place: August. By this we mean when travellers book their tickets. For the best time to actually travel to Istanbul, read on.
📅 When's the best time to go to Istanbul?
We checked our customers' flight searches, and the winner of best time to fly to Istanbul is... August. The next best month to travel to Istanbul is July. And let's not forget October, the third top choice for when to go to Istanbul. However if you prefer things on the less busy side, we can also tell you (quietly) that the least popular month for flights to Istanbul is January.
🕑 How long before a flight to Istanbul should I be at the airport?
If you want to be on time for your flight to Istanbul, make sure to be at the airport at least two to three hours in advance. Check-ins, security controls, customs and boarding the airplane can take some time. At Opodo you can find the best deals for flights to Istanbul departing from over 84 cities and choose from a variety of services that will improve your time at the airport and guarantee a much better travel experience, such as priority boarding and additional luggage. For more convenience, when booking your flight to Istanbul at Opodo you can also add insurance or opt for a refundable fare and have a problem-free trip!
✈️ What is the name of Istanbul’s airport?
Istanbul is served by 3 airport[s]. Istanbul Airport operates flights towards both domestic and international destinations within 84 cities, such as London, Manchester and Birmingham, the most popular routes.
📌 How far is Istanbul’s airport from the city centre?
Istanbul’s airport Istanbul Airport is located 21 miles from the city centre.
💶 How much is the trip from the airport to Istanbul’s city centre?
By Public transport: The price for the trip is about 0.37 GBP per person. By taxi: If you have more budget and prefer to take a taxi from Istanbul Airport , for example, the average price for the ride to Istanbul centre is around 0.67 GBP per km. By car: For more convenience and freedom during your stay, Opodo has the best offers of car rentals in Istanbul. Pick your preferred car type and get from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul city centre on your own terms.
🗺️ How to get from the airport to Istanbul city centre?
There are many ways to get from Istanbul Airport to central Istanbul:
🚗 Driving:
If you go by car or decide to take a taxi, be aware of traffic. The average travel time from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul city centre when driving is 45 mins, but it may vary depending on the time of the day.
By bus:
Another way to go to Istanbul city center is by bus. On average, it is possible to get there in around 1 hour 54 mins
By Bus
Commuting from Istanbul Airport to central Istanbul by Bus takes around 1 hour 58 mins, depending on the time and the day of the week.
💳 How much should I budget for a trip to Istanbul?
If you are going to Istanbul, here is a list with an average price of some goods:
  • - Inexpensive Restaurant: 4.05 GBP
  • - Mid Range Restaurante: 16.19 GBP
  • - Cheap Restaurant: 3.24 GBP
  • - Domestic Beer: 2.43 GBP
  • - Imported Beer: 2.70 GBP
  • - Coffee: 1.62 GBP
  • - SoftDrink: 0.56 GBP
  • - Water: 0.21 GBP

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